Air-Fryer Orange General Tso's Chicken is a delicious and easy way to make this classic Chinese dish at home, but healthier! If you're a fan of Chinese food, you've likely tried General Tso's chicken at some point. It is known for its sweet and spicy flavor and crispy fried coating. However, traditional General Tso's chicken is not the healthiest choice because it requires deep frying. Lucky for you, there is a healthier alternative that you can make at home - Air-fryer Orange General Tso's chicken. This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Are you looking for more Asian-inspired weeknight meals? Check out some of my favorites:15-Minute Sukiyaki Steak + BroccoliGarlic Butter Shrimp Fried RiceSheet Pan Sticky Chicken + Broccoli
For the Chicken:
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1½ lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
For the Sauce:
- ½ cup soy sauce
- zest and juice from 1 orange
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 inch fresh ginger, minced
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- Sliced scallions + sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
- Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together the cornstarch and salt. Add the chicken and toss together until the chicken is coated evenly.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F, and generously spray the tray or basket with cooking oil. Add the chicken in a single layer without touching each other, spray again lightly and air fry for 14-16 minutes, flipping halfway through until golden and crispy. You may need to do this in more than one batch.
- While the chicken is in the air-fryer, heat a large saucepan over medium high heat.
- Pour in the prepared sauce and let it come to a boil while whisking. Simmer for 1-2 minutes until the sauce is thickened.
- Turn off heat, and add the air-fried chicken to the saucepan and toss to coat in sauce.
- Serve over white rice and garnish with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.
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